Farnborough Jazz Stopping at Social Club

Dear many friends,

Keith and I have taken considerable thought and have regretfully decided after more than thirty-seven years, to stop running Farnborough Jazz. 

The Social Club has understood our dilemma and left options open between us. Some of you are aware I have been ill for a few years, plus diagnosed with more, just recently, but still waiting for details like everyone, due to Covid etc (oh – not cancer, luckily).

We are keeping ‘Ye Olde Whyte Lyon’ (Locksbottom) gig ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ alive held every last Sunday monthly (2:00-5:00pm). 

Best Wishes

Diane & Keith

The Windy City WeatherBirds again! 18th December 2022

It’s The Windy City WeatherBirds again!

Sunday 18th December 2022 (2:00pm-5:00pm)


Update: Unfortunately, their talented regular drummer, Adam Merrill, is sadly unable to make this Sunday, however the wonderful talents of John Ellmer is sure to give you just as much pleasure.

It was only a month ago that I wrote these few lines to entice you all to come to that next gig. So am using it again to bring you out to us once more to our very last date to complete our Christmas fun and before we see the back end of this year – 2022..…………..

Windy City WeatherBirds again, Sunday 20th November 2022 (2-5pm)

These six young men (namely Windy City WeatherBirds) must be reincarnated from the jazz magnificence of the West Coast sounds from Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden’s talented days and we are not exaggerating ………… etc. We would need you here to tell them in person at our place please.

Hey, it will only cost you £10 entrance and I’m sure you have three friends who you want to share this Sunday afternoon having a few pints with (cheap club prices) and enjoy the fabulous talent with us.

See you all this Sunday, [20th November] 18th December 2022 (2-5pm). Where? Run by Farnborough Jazz in Farnborough Social Club (Kent).

Diane & Keith

You know what a great jazz venue it is by now, having enjoyed the polished turnout of The Temperance Seven were filling the place – you did that, so why not do it again! Jazz and people wanting fun, is what gives an atmosphere, not a miracle – make it your Sunday date – be sure you make it to our last gig of a fantastic year of Jazz at Farnborough.

We both wish you all a very happy Christmas and especially a wonderfully healthy new 2023 (especially to you two in Aussie Land, Mary & Bob).  

P.S  My write-up about the brilliant fun had by all with the Temperance Seven two weeks ago, will be completed ASAP – they worked so hard, completing three gigs, one after the other miles away from each venue. It is definitely what keeps you Temps7 young – you must be in your teens, aye!

The Temperance Seven, Party 4 December 2022

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A couple of months ago in July/August, I began quietly putting out feelers to see if there would be any interest attending, should we book The Temperance Seven.  Keith and I love them, and know they are incredibly popular and highly professional, but we needed reassurance to see if we could have enough ‘bums on seats’ to cover the cost.   However, we are filling up seats now FAST, so if you don’t want to miss the fun, please act quickly. 
Anyway, this year, we have decided to make this world-famous band our Christmas party.  Tickets are only £15 each.  
Most of you know, The Temperance Seven are famed from the 1960’s, playing 1920s-style jazz.  They are a crazy fun band, very professional and talented. 
You can bring your own food, if you wish, although probably candelabras will be too large for their tables.
Their personnel have changed over the years, but their music and style has stayed the same.  Mack White was one, who went on to form his own band, in which Keith was his drummer.
Mike Deighan wrote from Australia of their recent changes within the band and that they were delighted to say they had secured the services of Peter Rudeforth as permanent replacement for their trumpet player, who has moved sideways into their valve-trombone chair.  Ther vocalist has retired to look after his wife and has been replaced by Kevin Kennedy who played the part of Curly Watts in Coronation Street for many years.  (Pete was trumpet player for Christ Barber’s Band FROM 1980 for over 1,000 times). 
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of smiley face, with some use of the dance floor as well as in the aisle (although we are all a bit out of practice).  You may like to dress up 1920’s style, (but optional).
Date: Sunday, 4th December 2022 held at Farnborough Social Club. Doors open from 1:00pm. Music: 2:00-5:00pm 
For more info- contact Keith & Di: 041-90009 to book & how to pay. 
Don’t leave it too long and be disappointed.

Windy City Weatherbirds, Sunday 20November2022 (2-5pm)

These six young men (namely The Windy City Weatherbirds) must be reincarnated from the jazz magnificence of the West Coast sounds from Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong’s talented days, and we are not exaggerating.  But don’t let them know we said so, they will want more money and we would need you here for that, to tell them in person at our place. 

Hey, it will only cost you £10 entrance and I’m sure you have at least three friends who you want to share this Sunday afternoon having a few pints with (cheap club prices) enjoying the fabulous talent with us.  Please look at write-up last time (dated 21 August 2022) for photos.  I write without looking back, then find I repeat myself, sorry, but it’s what I feel.

See you all this Sunday, 20th November 2022 (2-5pm). Where? Run by Farnborough Jazz in the Farnborough Social Club (Kent).

Diane & Keith

Newsletter – Sunday 6nov2022 Force Ten

Band Members:

Alto 1 Lester Barnes                                          Bone 1 Bill Todd

Alto 2 Mike Richards                                         Bone 2 Dave Hervey

Tenor 1 Nick Beston (special guest)                Bone 3 Brendon Peilow

Tenor 2 Warren Corns                                       Bone 4 Geoff Clayton

Baritone Mike Pack

Trumpet 1 Dylan Barnes                                   Piano Dave Barnes

Trumpet 2 James Kirkby                                   Bass Henrietta Barnes

Trumpet 3 Nigel Garrard                                   Drums Brent Keafe

Trumpet 4 Chaz Hollis                                      Guitar Steve Hennings

                          And Special guest    Singer Ruth Fahie

What a fantastic Sunday afternoon we had on 6th Nov 2022, everyone played their hearts out – a great pity if you missed it.

It’s nice how new people are beginning to feel at home here. Thank you all for being so understanding with my difficulty at being unable to speak quickly, plus your names will grow on us – we promise. Hey, we’d love to see a few more of our old friends saying ‘hi’ to us now and then.

Now here’s just a couple of numbers played, to whet your appetite for when we have them back again!  There were several great solos, two to mention

‘Cute’ – (Brent Keafe gave a fantastic drum solo)

‘It Might As Well Have Been Spring’ – (Ruth Fahie sang)

‘Bill Bailey’

Do keep an eye open next year for their return.

Diane and Keith

‘FORCE TEN BIG BAND’, Sunday 6th November 2022 (2-5pm)

FORCE TEN BIG BAND’, yep, its ‘FORCE TEN BIG BAND’ back again, appearing here on Sunday afternoon, (2:00-5:00pm) 6th November 2022. This wonderfully popular band, consisting of seventeen musicians, PLUS Band leader, Lester (& Helen) have also promised us an extra treat of singer, Ruth Fahie.  Let’s fill up the place, with a huge audience to make her first visit, a warm welcome.  All that for only £10 Admission.

Last year, they performed at our second date here at our new venue. We knew we would love them as we had enjoyed them many times at The Warren. We knew most of them from over the years.

They are a jolly lot, playing such a wonderful mixture of jazz styles, (obviously) Big Bands stuff, from the likes of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Stan Kenton, plus the songs by fantastic singers, such as the fabulous Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra (my favourite male singer), Plus Tony Bennett and Dean Martin. Whatever your preference of Jazz, you can make a request and if they know it, I know (from The Warren) they will try to include it for you.

We are at Farnborough Jazz at Farnborough Village Social Club (Kent), turn into the slip road called Farrow Field, next to The Woodman Pub – you could have a Sunday roast lunch beforehand, but book prior, to save being disappointed – Sally & Peter Tel: 01689-852663

The Club has a large free car park, plus there is free parking within the Village too.

Diane & Keith

Savoy Super Six, Sunday 16oct2022

We are pleased to welcome the ‘Savoy Super Six’ and bring the fabulous memory of Barry Palser’s music again. So come this Sunday, 16th October 2022 at the usual time of between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, to say ‘Hi’ to them.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 12th February 2016

As most of you know, when we lost our gentle giant – Barry, it was the awesome trumpeter, Peter Rudeforth, who kindly stepped in as band leader. The Super Five again joining him will be Tim Huskisson on his cool clarinet. It was Colin Graham, who replaced Barry as trombonist – such a nigh-impossible job, but Colin manages it with such feeling. Also, John Stewart will again be on banjo/guitar – we always love to see him, he has played with Keith on and off for about 40years. Unfortunately, Andy Lawrence is not quite recovered from back probs, but we are hoping to have the talent of Murray Salmon on double bass, to take his place, plus John Tyson will ‘light up’ those drums for us.

Please turn up and make the place ‘rock’ – yep – I mean ‘rock with tapping feet to Savoy Boys’ jazz’ – as I know these fellas do.

Di and Keith 

Tim Huskisson October 2, 2019
at Farnborough Jazz Club

Peter Rudeforth plays trumpet for ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019

John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Wit

Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 20th May 2015. (LtoR) Colin Graham (trombone), Chris Marchant (drums), Brian Gyles (band leader & trumpeter), ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo), tony Teale (clarinet) and not in picture – Roger Curphey (double bass) and Tim Huskisson (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Jackie Free’s Chicagoans play for Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Murray Salmon (double bass) with Jackie (trombone) Photo by Mike Witt.


Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Sunday 2nd October 2022

Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz, Kent, 2oct2022

Thank you to everyone who managed to make it for Sunday’s Jazz. It was a wonderful day for Ken to celebrate his 90th year.  He actually began his celebrations the day before.  He drove from Brighton to Hastings on the Saturday for a huge family &friends’ party. Then drove the next day to us (Farnborough Kent) for our surprise party. He even had a dance and, if that wasn’t enough, afterwards, visited his nephew, then drove home back to Dover that night. Finally, he finished with his birthday celebration on Monday! Wow Ken, what a man!

He actually loves all types of jazz, but he holds a special memory of a moment that he held during an evening long ago, when we had the GOLDEN EAGLE before. Leader Kevin Scott, Tony Karavis, Alan Cresswell, Roy Stokes, Chis Thompson and Malc Murphey – Malc sang ‘Magic Is The Moonlight’ and they all made it a special afternoon. They were their usual self, such great fun.

Cheers to you all.

Diane and Keith.

Just a couple of numbers to mention, to give a flavour of the day…..

‘Magic is the Moonlight’ Music by Charles Pasqualey, Lyrics by Marie Grever (1935)

‘Dallas Blues’ by Hart Wand (1912) has been called the first true blues tune ever (published 1918)

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Sunday 2nd October 2022

Our Golden Boys are back again and to celebrate a very special day, a 90th birthday! With the family of this rather special person, we are making the day a special surprise party, no talking between yourselves please, just in case he over-hears about it – it’s Ken from Brighton, who doesn’t have a computer, a laptop, or Facebook, or such! A 90th is special, but he doesn’t seem to think anything of it. He drives for miles from Brighton for his jazz wherever it maybe, as if it is just a couple of miles up the road! So many of you know him. Ken enjoys so many bands, but he has a particular special memory with this band – so I know he will enjoy them very much.

Kevin Scott – Band Leader of Golden Eagle Jazz Band – Tenor Banjo/singer

Our Golden boys are:

Band leader, Kevin Scott – tenor b/anjosinger,


ALAN CRESSWELLreeds/singer

Roy Stokes – trombone

Chris Thompson – double bass and

MALC MURPHEY – drums and another singer too

So please join us if you can and make it a fantastic day for Ken (and of course, us too).

Diane and Keith

(So sorry to be way behind with photos – I hope to catch up with my tail one day – the problem was due a lot to Virgin Media – and a perished cable).

70 years celebrating a long & beautiful reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II

1952 – 2022 HM Queen Elizabeth II

A photo from Harpers Bazar I chose as showing HM Queen Elizabeth II with that genuine warmth and beautiful smile – may we remember always.

2022 photo from Daily Mail of Queen Elizabeth II. Showing her wonderfully open smile, we will all surely miss.



We are intending to go ahead as planned this Sunday 18th September. We will make it a double 70th celebration.  Now, it is also a celebration in respect of 70years of The Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Even if you are not particularly a Royalist, I’m sure you have felt the same about Her Majesty, the need to thank Her for the way She made us all feel She was family, the fun and happiness She gave us all.  Although the Queen was a great age, it was so unexpected and so it was such a shock.  Show me anyone who worked up to two days before her death at the age of 96years.  I can now think about all of that and ready celebrate – come and join us and smile and celebrate too.      Diane